Dear CKA Supporters and Friends,
With April in full swing, we look forward to CKA’s biggest event this spring. Today, April 29th, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the SAIGU (4-29) or the LA Riots/Uprising, an important turning point for the Korean American community. To commemorate this event, CKA will co-host the SAIGU@30 Leadership Conference with Korean American Coalition – Los Angeles (KAC) in Koreatown (Los Angeles). Along with our National Membership Breakfast, this significant event will be our first major national event post-COVID. We hope to see you there!
We also invite you to join us on May 5th at 5 PM PT | 8 PM ET for an exclusive fireside chat with Eun Sun Kim, the first woman to hold the music director post at an American opera company of major size and stature.
And, we are delighted to extend a warm welcome to Linda Butcher, who joins our team as the Senior Director of Programming and Initiatives this month. We can’t wait to introduce her at our upcoming CKA programs and events.
As always, we are proud to share the work of our CKA Members. Please read about our members’ accomplishments in advocacy, policy, science, technology, healthcare, and business.
Thank you all, and take care.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
Kang, a veteran Korean American diplomat, was one of President Biden’s 11 nominees for national security and law enforcement jobs.
Welcome to the CKA Team, Linda!
Linda Butcher is the Senior Director of Programming and Initiatives at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). She has spent the majority of her career in the nonprofit and public affairs industries, gaining experience in areas that include: external relations, strategic planning, program & project management, operations, and communications. A proactive and vision-driven team player who loves to collaborate, Linda thrives on developing engaging and creative solutions to further the mission of establishments.
Congratulations to Jennifer for winning the Grammy for Classical Instrumental Solo for her recording Alone Together! In addition, she received wide acclaim for her debut performances of Everything Rises with opera giant, Davone Tines, in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. As Forbes describes the performances, Everything Rises is “a musical declaration of self, an acknowledgement of past and present racism, and hope for a better future.” Finally, click here to listen to a recent CKA podcast interview with Jennifer Koh, titled “Everything that Rises Must Converge”.
Margaret was a speaker for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice – Why it Matters, a training event for the US Consulate in Busan. She also facilitated EARCOS’s Implicit Bias Training for Education Leaders and Educators in the East Asia Region and Creating Space for Women in International School Leadership events.
William was a featured panelist at the Pensions & Investment Conference in New York City. The discussion focused on “Measuring Investment Performance in ESG Investing,” addressing questions on using frameworks, measuring success, use of standard benchmarks/analytics, and “greenwashing.” He has also recently joined Ceres in Boston as a Director of Shareholder Engagement in its Investor Network.